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Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 18, 2024
Bad Bills: Dead or Alive? (Mostly Dead)
The lawmaking process was designed to make it hard to pass legislation. That’s a 2-edged sword, but lately it has been working in our favor. Even if the news itself isn't always good, we are fortunate to have an amazing statehouse press corps. Links here to some of their wrap-ups for further reading. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDiscriminationEnergyEnvironment
Newsletter article Dani Parent March 18, 2024
Climate Eye 2024 Session Wrap Up
With help from the political will and support of members like you, were able to help stop a number of bad bills. We backed a lot of bills that didn’t make it across the finish line, but we will continue to work for solutions to those issues both inside and outside the Legislature. More
Issues: EnergyEnvironment
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 31, 2024
Too Many Bills, and Not Enough Good Ones!
Week four has seen the introduction of 1,388 bills in the House and 613 in the Senate as of today, Jan. 31, 2024. Your input is important! As you read through this update take a few minutes to send a personal note to your legislators on issues that resonate with you. More
Issues: ElectionsEnergyEnvironment
Newsletter article Dani Parent January 31, 2024
Climate Eye Week 4
Unsurprisingly, there’s been a lot going on in climate and environment issues. Here are updates on a few bills CAG staff is specifically working on and important actions you can take. Most urgently, there will be a public hearing Friday on a bill to weaken citizen air monitoring efforts. If you can’t attend the hearing, please take a few moments to let your Delegate know that you support protecting citizen air monitoring. More
Issues: EnergyEnvironment
Action Alert   January 20, 2024
Attend a Public Hearing on Net Metering – Mon. Jan. 22 @5:30 PM
The Public Service Commission will be holding a public hearing on case 23-0460-E-42T (Monongahela Power Company and The Potomac Edison Company) Monday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 pm. Along with a significant rate increase, this case includes a proposal to slash net metering credits in half. Citizens can attend the hearing in person at the PSC headquarters or virtually through Microsoft Teams. Two community events have also been scheduled for residents to come together to support solar. Details here. More
Issues: Clean EnergyEnergy
Action Alert   January 19, 2024
Jan. 20 Save Our Solar Rally Rescheduled to Jan. 27
The Save Our Solar Rally originally slated for January 20, 2024 has been rescheduled to January 27, 2024 due to inclement weather and poor travel conditions throughout WV. More
Issues: Clean EnergyEnergy
Action Alert Dani Parent December 5, 2023
Save the Date: Save Our Solar Rally Jan. 20 at the State Capitol
Solar is under attack by legislators and monopoly utilities that are leading the effort to change net metering rules—important policies that ensure solar is economically viable and accessible to all consumers. Join us for a rally at the West Virginia Capitol building on January 20th at 2pm for a rally in support of our solar future. More
Issues: Clean EnergyEnergyEnvironment
Newsletter article Dani Parent October 25, 2023
ARCH2 – an Update
Communities in Appalachia and the Ohio River Valley continue to bear the brunt of the economic and ecological effects of extractive industries in the wake of last week's approval of up to $925 million in funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for the Appalachian Regional clean hydrogen Hub (ARCH2). More
Issues: Climate JusticeEnergyEnvironmentFrackingPollution
Action Alert CAG July 21, 2023
Monday at 5:30PM: Say NO to Higher Power Bills!
AEP is requesting a nearly $650 Million rate hike that, if approved by the Public Service Commission, YOU get to pay for. Our electric rates have doubled in the last 10 years and this will just make rates go higher. On Monday, July 24th at 5:30pm, please show up at the ground floor hearing room at the PSC headquarters, located at 201 Brooks Street in Charleston, WV, and tell the PSC and AEP “NO!” to rate hikes on the backs of West Virginians. We can’t afford ever increasing electric bills. More
Issues: EnergyUtility Rates
Action AlertCitizen Action Group Blog Cassandra Wiley June 19, 2023
Bring Renewable Energy Jobs to the West Side Community Meeting
Join us Friday June 23rd at 5 PM at A More Excellent Way Life Center Church for a discussion on how the West Side can benefit from new investments in renewable energy, and what we can do to create more opportunities to put people back to work and help people get into higher paying jobs. More
Issues: Clean EnergyEnergyEnergy efficiencyJobs
Citizen Action Group Blog   April 20, 2023
Charging West Virginians: How utility and PSC actions continue to increase electricity bills
Electricity in West Virginia is generated almost exclusively from coal-fired power plants. Other states have taken steps to diversify their fuel mixes, but West Virginia has taken a different approach. Decisions made by utilities and the Public Service Commission (PSC) have facilitated the state’s continued, near-exclusive reliance on coal. As detailed in this report, these decisions have had realworld consequences for West Virginians who pay more and more for their electricity according to a new report prepared for West Virginia Citizen Action Group, Energy Efficient West Virginia, and Solar United Neighbors by Downstream Strategies. More
Issues: EnergyEnvironment
Action Alert CAG April 19, 2023
Public hearing and extended commenting time for Pleasants bailout
Tell the PSC that you don't want to pay to keep open a power plant that we don't need, and won't benefit us. Join us for a public hearing on Thursday, April 20th at 3:30pm at the PSC office in Charleston. Can't make it on Thursday? No problem! Submit your comments now! Tell the PSC how increased electric bills would affect your family or business. More
Issues: Climate JusticeEnergyEnvironmentPollution
Action Alert   April 10, 2023
Say NO to the Pleasants Power Station Bailout: Submit Your Comments to the PSC TODAY!
If you are a Mon Power or Potomac Edison customer, we need your voice! FirstEnergy is scheming to keep Pleasants Power Station open by forcing it on ratepayers like you. Take Action now to send your comments to the WV Public Service Commission demanding they say NO to the Pleasants Power Station bailout. More
Issues: Climate ChangeEnergyEnvironmentPollution
Press Release CAG March 31, 2023
Acquisition of Pleasants Power Plant would transfer liability and costs to local utility customers
The potential purchase of a 44-year-old coal-fired power plant by Mon Power and Potomac Edison would transfer significant costs onto West Virginians! More
Issues: EnergyEnvironmentPollution
Action Alert CAG March 8, 2023
Tell FirstEnergy: No More Bailouts for Expensive, Polluting Coal
FirstEnergy's regulated West Virginia electric utilities, Monongahela Power Company and The Potomac Edison Company, are considering buying the Pleasants Power Station, a 1,300 megawatt coal plant that is scheduled to retire this summer. If FirstEnergy customers are forced to bail out this failing plant, the plant could continue polluting our climate, water, and air for many more years. Send their CEO a message now and tell them why you as a customer don't want them to purchase any more dirty, expensive coal plants. More
Issues: Climate ChangeEnergyPollution
Action Alert   February 22, 2023
Take Action Now for Community Solar
Tell the Senate Government Organization Committee that you support SB 627! Passing SB 627 would enable community solar programs in West Virginia. West Virginians deserve expanded affordable energy options like community solar. WV Legislators on the Senate Government Organization Committee need to know West Virginians want this passed to give all West Virginians access to solar options! More
Issues: Clean EnergyEnergy
Newsletter CAG January 23, 2023
Capital Eye Vol. 16, No. 2 – Legislative Update Week 2: Battle of the Tax Cuts
The House quickly passed the governor’s bad idea of eliminating one quarter of our state’s annual revenue by cutting 50% off personal income taxes over the next three years. However, Senate leadership has deemed HB 2526 DOA and, not to be outdone, they’re cooking up their own tax cuts. Also keep reading to learn more about health care bills we're keeping an eye on, action on environmental and climate legislation, election bills that are gaining traction, and other major actions in the House and Senate. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDemocracyEnergyEnvironmentHealthcareKids and families
Citizen Action Group Blog Dani Parent January 23, 2023
Climate Eye – Week 2
Updates on what's happening with legislation to address PFAS contamination, expand community solar, develop energy projects on and under state-owned lands, and increase legislative oversight of the Public Service Commission. More
Issues: EnergyEnvironmentPollutionWater
Newsletter article Dani Parent January 16, 2023
Climate Eye – Week 1
WV CAG is proud to support the West Virginia Environmental Council in their work toward the coalition’s 2023 legislative priorities this session. Please sign up to receive updates and action alerts from their lobby team on the ground in the Capitol. A number of environmental-focused bills have already started the rounds at the statehouse, many positive and some concerning. See some highlights here. More
Issues: Clean EnergyClimate JusticeEnergyEnvironment
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett June 24, 2022
AEP Rate Increases, Public Hearings, and Going Solar!
American Electric Power affiliates Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power want their customers to pay nearly $300 million more per year because the cost of fuel keeps going up. What fuel? Coal of course! More
Issues: Clean EnergyEnergyEnergy efficiencyFuel PricesInflationSolar PowerUtility Rates
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